Ways to Socialize as a Stay-At-Home Mom

Being a stay-at-home mom has its’ own challenges, one specifically being the lack of socialization for the mom and the child. You don’t have the adult interaction you would normally get being in the office. Your child isn’t around as many kids as they would be if they were in daycare. So how does one socialize being a SAHM? Don’t worry mamas, we have a couple ideas to help!  

1. Join a mom group. Wherever you live, chances are there are multiple mom groups available. How do you find them? Google, Facebook, Instagram… you name it! Moms need to stick together and joining a mom group is not only helpful for socialization, but it also is a source to go to when you have specific questions regarding your kids! Many mom groups have monthly meetups in the area too. Do some research and find one that fits your style, you won’t regret it! 

If you’re in Columbus, Ohio, check out a couple of these mom groups to see if they’re a good fit for you:

2. Visit your local library. Libraries are a great way to meet new people that live close to you. Many libraries have weekly kids’ story time and other fun activities that children (and moms) love. The best part is that it’s completely free. Bring a book home for the week before you leave!  Check out the events at the libraries below for some ideas:
 
3. Run errands together. Post offices, grocery stores, retail stores, etc. are all great options for socialization. Your child will see a lot of different people of different ages, and they will learn to interact in their own way. The more errands you run with the kids, the more of an opportunity they have to learn how to act in specific situations. Don’t be afraid to talk to other moms while waiting in line!  
 
4. Sign your kids up for sports. This is a great way to get out of the house and meet new people. Your child will be around kids with similar interests, and you will be able to meet other parents with kids in the same age group (not to mention that it’s great exercise). If your child isn’t old enough for sports, consider infant swimming lessons or “mommy and me” classes.  
 
5. Check out a local park or indoor playground. Becoming regular visitors at a playground increases your chances to see other regulars doing the same thing as you. Start to introduce yourself to other families and see who your child becomes friends with!  

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